Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is where we chop vegetables, knead dough, do homework, pause for a cup and a bite, or share supper with friends. It is the place where ideas take root and blossom.
Coming up next, February 9

Going with the Grain

We all depend on grains. They’re the plant-based calories that feed the world.

A dynamic movement in the UK and North America is working to rebuild local and regional grain economies. That means connecting farmers, millers, and bakers. It means working with locally grown grains and retrieving flavour and wisdom that have been neglected in the rush to large scale commodity grain farming.

At the February Kitchen Table we’ll discuss the farmer-miller-baker connections that are being built, and the seed-saving and seed breeding efforts that are part of the picture. It’s all part of the pushback against climate change, based on a growing consensus that large mono-cultural agri-business-based food systems do a lot of environmental harm.

Coming up next, February 1

The Wiki Club, a new group gathering at our Kitchen Table

The Wiki Club is  our new endeavour to improve the content and raise the profile of food-related articles on Wikipedia. We intend to revive the WikiProject Food and Drink. With this purpose we are meeting on-line every first Tuesday of the month for informal, friendly and informative hour-long sessions to coordinate and support our efforts editing Wikipedia and working on specific, particularly blatant issues – together we aim to build up the food content on the world’s largest encyclopedia and its sister projects.

Our Mission

Together at the Table

The idea for monthly gatherings on a regular basis orginated at the 2020 VSymp, when a necessity became a vision and then a virtual reality, allowing us to come together, discuss and share, learn and laugh – almost like in Oxford, at St Catz. That exceptional experience made us understand how important it is to create and safeguard an accessible online space where our community can meet and grow, independent from any commercial or political interests, travel restraints or health scares.

For everyone with a deep interest in food who feels the need to change the conversation, the Oxford Food Symposium’s Kitchen Table presents single subject, hosted discussions, with all voices respected. Unlike the distance that comes with a keynote delivered from a lectern, these are informal, personal encounters around a table, to share ideas and spark constructive debate on issues that profoundly affect us all. So pull up a chair and join us!